The Holiday Inn on Emmet Street now has an enterprise-class WiFi setup that is able handle 384 simultaneous, sustained Internet connections. Thanks to the QuickFix team!
What does this mean? It means that almost 400 people can come to a conference and all use the internet on their laptop or phone while sitting in one of their huge conference rooms! The wireless network for the guests is a totally different system… we are talking ONE SINGLE GROUP of up to 384 people all online at the same time.
For perspective, this many people is often tricky for even multi-million dollar trade-show events!! This is because meeting the bandwidth and traffic needs for so many certainly requires great care. We were able to achieve this at Holiday Inn by some snazzy new hardware and by helping to negotiate better internet speeds at their location for the same price.
Needless to say, the GM (Del Sanders), was a happy guy… he’s THE MAN!
Here are some details about what was done:
Using the latest and most advanced wireless access points and zone control technology, conference attendees can all interact with web-facing databases while syncing their Dropbox or Google Drive accounts in the background. Attendees and presenters are able to move around to different conference rooms seamlessly, thanks to the zero-handoff capabilities of the technology. Such a burden on the network would normally take the work of sixteen large network switches (not to mention thousands of feet of cable) but The Holiday Inn has been able to consolidate down to just one core network switch. The network is configured to logically separate all of the conference network demands from the network needs of all of the hotel’s guests, so neither side can unfairly hijack Internet bandwidth. The conference wireless at the Holiday Inn is able to accomplish a feat of networking that even multi-million dollar tradeshow events have trouble dealing with; meeting variable bandwidth and traffic needs for hundreds of users at the same time for several hours; this makes it an especially valuable asset to the hotel.
Yep! What he said!
Thanks for the great work, Andrew!!